[ pawr, pohr ]
/ pɔr, poʊr /
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verb (used with object)
to send (a liquid, fluid, or anything in loose particles) flowing or falling, as from one container to another, or into, over, or on something: to pour a glass of milk; to pour water on a plant.
to emit or propel, especially continuously or rapidly: The hunter poured bullets into the moving object.
to produce or utter in or as in a stream or flood (often followed by out): to pour out one's troubles to a friend.
verb (used without object)
to issue, move, or proceed in great quantity or number: Crowds poured from the stadium after the game.
to flow forth or along; stream: Floodwaters poured over the embankments.
to rain heavily (often used impersonally with it as subject): It was pouring, but fortunately we had umbrellas.
the act of pouring.
an abundant or continuous flow or stream: a pour of insults.
a heavy fall of rain.
a wine or other beverage: a list of the best pours.
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Origin of pour
First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English pouren; origin uncertain
OTHER WORDS FROM pour
pour·a·ble, adjectivepour·a·bil·i·ty, nounpourer, nounpour·ing·ly, adverb
in·ter·pour, verb (used with object)re·pour, verb (used with object)un·pour·a·ble, adjectiveun·poured, adjective
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How to use pour in a sentence
Come then, and let the wine-pourer give pious portions to our cups, that after a libation we may lay aside curved bows.
This means a Strong-breasted one, the Pourer or Shredder forth of spiritual and temporal blessings.The Bible Book by Book|Josiah Blake Tidwell
It was Jerry Flinn who told me how he had worked up from his first job as laborer, to a position as steel pourer.
The furnace man gets rather low wages, while the steel pourer is well paid and works eight hours a day for six days in the week.
There is a considerable difference between a blast furnace foreman and a Bessemer steel pourer.
British Dictionary definitions for pour
/ (pɔː) /
to flow or cause to flow in a stream
(tr) to issue, emit, etc, in a profuse way
Also: pour with rain (intr often foll by down) to rain heavilyit's pouring down outside
(intr) to move together in large numbers; swarm
(intr) to serve tea, coffee, etcshall I pour?
it never rains but it pours events, esp unfortunate ones, come together or occur in rapid succession
pour cold water on informal to be unenthusiastic about or discourage
pour oil on troubled waters to try to calm a quarrel, etc
a pouring, downpour, etc
Derived forms of pourpourer, noun
Word Origin for pour
C13: of unknown origin
usage for pour
The verbs pour and pore are sometimes confused: she poured cream over her strudel; she pored (not poured) over the manuscript
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Other Idioms and Phrases with pour
In addition to the idioms beginning with pour
- pour cold water on
- pour oil on troubled waters
- pour on the coal
- pour out one's heart
- it never rains but it pours
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